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Truly Devious

(2018)
(The first book in the Truly Devious series)
A novel by

 
 
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester.

But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. 

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018 * Junior Library Guild Selection * 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nomination * 2019 ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults Nomination * Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2018 * Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction 2018 * 2018 Nerdy Book Club Young Adult Winner * Seventeen Best YA Book of 2018 * Lincoln Award Nominee * 2020-2021 South Carolina Book Awards Nominee * 2020 Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Winner

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"An intricately plotted, compulsively readable novel that explores not only fascinating crimes but also the mysteries of anxiety, the creative process, contemporary fame, and so much else." - John Green

"Maureen Johnson has a totally original mind, a passionate set of moral convictions, an extraordinary sense of bravery and ridiculousness, and she writes pretty sentences. Read whatever she writes." - E Lockhart


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Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Truly Devious: A Mystery
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 0-06-233805-6 / 978-0-06-233805-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Truly Devious: A Mystery
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 0-06-233806-4 / 978-0-06-233806-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Audio Editions

January 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Truly Devious: A Mystery (Truly Devious series, Book 1)
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 1-5385-0125-2 / 978-1-5385-0125-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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January 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Truly Devious: Library Edition
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 1-5385-0123-6 / 978-1-5385-0123-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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January 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Truly Devious: A Mystery (Truly Devious series, Book 1)
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 1-5385-0124-4 / 978-1-5385-0124-5 (USA edition)
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Title: Truly Devious: A Mystery
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Title: Truly Devious: A Mystery
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Title: Truly Devious: A Mystery
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Kindle Editions

January 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Truly Devious: A Mystery
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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